Egyptian Gold with Carnelian and Lapis Lazuli Amulet

$495.34

A delicate Egyptian gold amulet, in a teardrop shape (possibly representing a lotus petal) decorated with three hardstones inlays. Possibly carnelian on the top and bottom and lapis lazuli in the middle; two suspension loops attached to the top and bottom.

Date: 2050-1710 BC
Period: Middle Kingdom Period
Condition: Fair condition. Carnelian inlays on top and bottom have been chipped with age.

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SKU: SK-38 Category:

Various materials held symbolic significance throughout Egyptian culture. In Egyptian religion and culture carnelian was associated with the evil-tempered god Seth. Therefore, during the Late Period, the Egyptian name for carnelian, hrst, gained the meaning ‘sadness’. Lapis lazuli was the most highly prized semi-precious stone, the dark blue colour and white flecks symbolised the night’s sky. The name for lapis lazuli, hsbd, was used as a synonym for joy and delight.

To find out more about the history and mythology of gemstones please see our relevant blog post: The History and Mythology of Gemstones in Ancient Jewellery.

Weight 0.97 g
Dimensions L 1.7 x W 0.6 cm
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